Kinsmen Kid's Fishing Derby
It was time to celebrate another successful year for the Pembroke Kinsmen Kid's Fishing Derby Saturday afternoon. Pictured here celebrating are, front, left to right, this year's fishing derby winners, Brendon Thomas, 11, Madison Coulas, 4, and Arin Rose, 11. Back, left to right are auxiliary constables Melissa Ward and Emily Kennedy, volunteer Kathy Jennings, Kinsmen committee members Joe O'Ryan and Kenny Henderson, auxiliary constable Earnie Lafrance, OPP Constable Beth Ethier, honorary member of the Kinsmen Club Tom Halliday, auxiliary constable Jacques Benoit and event chairman Jim Malcolm.
For more than 25 years, the Pembroke Kinsmen Club has brought kids and families together with their annual fishing derby.
And this year, numbers were high again with about 63 kids flooding the Pembroke Marina to take part in the annual Kinsmen Kid’s Fishing Derby.
Part of the Bob Izumi Kids, Cops and Canadian Tire Fishing Day Program, the day offers kids, families and cops the chance to build rapport, get active, enjoy some sunlight and of course, catch the big one.
Derby chairman Jim Malcolm said the club couldn’t be happier with how this year’s fishing event turned out. Lots of smiling faces, lots of activity at the breakwater and lots of prizes made for a perfect morning at the marina, he added.
It’s all thanks to the many generous sponsors of the event, like Boston Pizza, the Ontario Police Association, KI Pembroke, East Side Mario’s, SRB Technologies, Sandstone Imports, and fellow Kinsmen committee members, Kenny Henderson, Joe O’Ryan and Jeff Sanders the event continues to be successful, the chairman went on to say.
Community sponsors ensured each kid after a morning of fishing in the derby walked away with a prize, whether it was a new fishing rod, tackle box, shirt or hat.
But a select few walked away with bragging rights too. As tradition would have it, three trophies were handed out.
The following are this year’s winners.
Brendon Thomas, 11, won the trophy for the youngest fisher with the most fish. He caught four fish.
Arin Rose, 11, walked away with the trophy for the most fish caught overall, even though one got away. He still caught five fish.
And little four-year-old Madison Coulas caught the two biggest fish of the day, with one 22 inches and another 20 inches. She won the trophy for largest fish.
Madison also won last year for the largest fish, with a 29-inch-snag. She’s going to share her trophy with her brother this year, she said.
Sarah Hyatt is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist.